Measures to Minimize Influenza Transmission at Swine Exhibitions from the National Assembly of State Animal Health Officials and the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians.
Livestock shows are an important learning opportunity for thousands of 4‐H and FFA youth across the United States. For these youth, exhibiting at their county or state fair represents the culmination of many months of work dedicated to the care and training of their animals. Agricultural exhibitions also provide meaningful opportunities for the public to learn about animal agriculture, observe animal behavior, and experience what it might be like to live on a farm. More than 150 million people visit agricultural fairs each year in North America.
The suggested measures in this document are organized to address activities before, during, and after swine exhibitions. It may not be possible to prevent all transmission of influenza viruses at swine exhibitions. The measures described here are offered for careful consideration depending on the needs of the specific exhibition and can be implemented in part or in total. They are not intended to supersede local, state, or federal regulations. These measures were formulated based on current evidence and the collective knowledge of the Swine Exhibitions Zoonotic Influenza Working Group.
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